Daily Roundup for July 13, 2017

Daily Roundup for July 13, 2017

NOTE: Today’s list is the biggest I have done to date. I would appreciate feedback from my readers.  Have you found these resources helpful? Do you have any suggestions or criticisms? You can leave a comment in the appropriate section below (either in the Facebook section or the blog comment section).  Thank you for reading The Parchment.

Here are the items and resources of interest for July 13, 2017:

Theology/Christianity:

  • Learning to Love the Psalms — a new teaching series from Robert Godfrey and produced by Ligonier Ministries.
  • The Family Altar — This is the first in a series on the subject of Family Worship as discussed in the book The Family Altar by Oliver HaywoodThe issue of family worship and the need to do it cannot be overstated. The family has been under attack for many years. Are we better for having neglected such an important duty? 
  • On the tragic side of things, read this interview held with Eugene Peterson. In light of this, Lifeway makes an announcement regarding The Message
  • The Pope has spoken regarding gluten free bread in the Supper — I admit, this is pretty stupid. I leave it here for information (amusement?) only. 
  • Young pastors need old mentors — I agree! The ministry is hard sometimes and having older, godly men in your life will help a great deal. 
  • A helpful reminderWes Bredenof reminds us that the footnotes in The Institutes need to be read with discernment at times. 
  • Sermon Preparation TimeThom Rainer gives the results of a “poll” he conducted on the topic. What is missing, I think, are other aspects required to make the survey more valuable. For instance, age and time in the ministry. Granted, it was a Twitter poll. For me, my preparation time varies from week to week depending on the text.  Sometimes the outline appears very easily, and at other times, I need to work hard to find it. Many factors affect the time necessary to prepare a sermon, and one of those is prayer.  I wonder if the results include the prayer time required to prepare and preach?
  • Why Millennials Need the Church — Written by Ross Hodges. From the article:

Millennial blogger Sam Eaton—citing alarming statistics from a recent Barna survey—declares that millennials are “over church.” Eaton himself admits, “From the depths of my heart, I want to love church. I want to be head-over-heels for church….I desperately want to feel this way about church, but I don’t. Not even a little bit. In fact, like much of my generation, I feel the complete opposite.”

Technology:

Miscellaneous:

  • I place this video under miscellaneous because it cannot be put under theology/Christianity and I don’t have a category called “terrible theology.” Many have already seen it. What you are about to watch is a blasphemous act performed in a worship service of Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 6, 2016 (why are we only seeing this now, I wonder). I implore the presbytery in which this church resides to file charges against the leadership.  This behavior should not be tolerated.

Life Together from Redeemer Video on Vimeo.

 

Knowing God and Ourselves

Knowing God and Ourselves

For many years I have endeavored to read through Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion.  I confess upfront that I have often started it only to find myself getting away from it long enough that I recall very little of what I read previously.  I also confess that I struggle to understand Calvin.  His writing can be dense at times, and that is where he sometimes loses me (or I lose him?).  There are many good supplementary books out there to help read through The Institutes, such as:

A Reader’s Guide to Calvin’s Institutes (Anthony Lane)
Analysis of the Institutes of the Christian Religion of John Calvin (Ford Lewis Battles)
A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis (David Hall and Peter A. Lillback, ed.)
Piety’s Wisdom: A Summary of Calvin’s Institutes (J. Mark Beach)

Recently, however, David Calhoun’s book Knowing God and Ourselves: Reading Calvin’s Institutes Devotionally has attracted my attention, and, my money. I recently ordered the book and will be using it to supplement my reading through the Institutes. There are twenty-six chapters devoted to helping the student of the institutes.  The helpful aspects of this book are the reading assignments that accompany each chapter, a notable quote preceding each chapter, a scripture to memorize and a prayer. Each chapter summarizes the sections read in the Institutes.   I appreciate Dr. Calhoun’s work greatly and look forward to one day completing Calvin’s biggest contribution to the church.